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DINGLE

By Chester Model Railway Club

 

The 3ft gauge Tralee and Dingle Railway was opened in 1891 and was 371 miles long. The railways’ closure in 1953, was inevitable given the onslaught of road traffic, though to its dying day was considered to be the ‘last great adventure in railroading’

We as a group decided to model part of the railway back in 1994, partly as a challenge to improve our own modelling skills and also to exploit the growing availability of high quality etched brass, white metal and plastic kits from such manufacturers as ‘Backwoods Miniatures’, ‘Branchlines’, ‘Parkside Dundas’ and ‘Worsley Works’. The stock is therefore constructed mostly from kits, often with some modification, though there are a few scratch built items. All of the buildings and structures however have had to be carefully researched and then scratch built. The track is also hand made and is code 60 rail either glued, or soldered to rivets located in plywood sleepers, to the correct gauge of 12mm.

This project has been an experimental one as far as we are concerned and we have all learned a great deal.  We don’t claim to be particularly good at modelling or we would know the answers straight away, but we do believe we have progressed a long way and most importantly, we enjoy what we are doing.  'CMRC'

Thank you to Simon Starr for giving us permission to show these pictures.

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